Who’s to Say?: Insanity in Dutchman

An apple pressed precariously to her blushed lips, Lula from Leroi Jones’ existential drama Dutchman is the epitome of temptation. She snakes around the train car, spying Clay and eventually driving him to his outburst late in the second scene. Clay’s speech is spontaneously provoked, but is nonetheless revealing about his character. In Jones’ play, … Read moreWho’s to Say?: Insanity in Dutchman

The Use and Construction of Myth in LeRoi Jones’ Dutchman

“The Flying Dutchman” is a nautical myth about a ghost ship fated to traverse the ocean waves for all eternity. The story is rooted in the legend of Hendrik van der Decken, a 17th-century Dutch Captain who dared to sail beyond the Cape of Good Hope despite treacherous weather conditions. As a result, he and … Read moreThe Use and Construction of Myth in LeRoi Jones’ Dutchman